evacuate

verb

evac·​u·​ate i-ˈva-kyə-ˌwāt How to pronounce evacuate (audio)
-kyü-ˌāt
evacuated; evacuating

transitive verb

1
: to remove the contents of : empty
2
: to discharge from the body as waste : void
3
: to remove something (such as gas or water) from especially by pumping
4
a
: to remove especially from a military zone or dangerous area
b
: to withdraw from military occupation of
c
: vacate sense 1
were ordered to evacuate the building

intransitive verb

1
: to withdraw from a place in an organized way especially for protection
2
: to pass urine or feces from the body
evacuative adjective

Examples of evacuate in a Sentence

People who live along the coast are being evacuated as the hurricane approaches. During World War II, children were evacuated from London to the country. Residents were ordered to evacuate the building. Residents have been ordered to evacuate.
Recent Examples on the Web In the series, as water levels rise inexorably, the country is evacuated. John Hopewell, Variety, 5 Apr. 2024 More than 100 people were evacuated from their homes in Indre-et-Loire and Vienne, and a kayaker was reported missing in Haute-Vienne, following heavy river flooding in west-central France. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 5 Apr. 2024 Residents were encouraged to evacuate north through the last convoy running Wednesday at 4 p.m., before that stretch of Highway 1 is fully closed. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 The chip manufacturer’s local rival United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC) also took measures to evacuate certain facilities and halt some operations. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2024 Depth and velocity of the water are not always obvious; the ground or road may suddenly wash away and hidden dangers may exist; do not attempt to evacuate through floodwaters. Staff Reports, The Arizona Republic, 1 Apr. 2024 The United States and other governments have evacuated hundreds of people from Haiti in recent weeks. Andre Paultre, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024 Five people died in the Jan. 6 attack or in the immediate aftermath, as pro-Trump rioters injured more than 100 police officers, ransacked Capitol offices, and forced lawmakers to evacuate. Spencer S. Hsu, Washington Post, 29 Mar. 2024 The Indigenous Aleuts were forcibly evacuated by the government and shipped to internment camps. Susan Portnoy, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, to draw off morbid humors, from Latin evacuatus, past participle of evacuare to empty, from e- + vacuus empty

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of evacuate was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Evacuate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/evacuate. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

evacuate

verb
evac·​u·​ate i-ˈvak-yə-ˌwāt How to pronounce evacuate (audio)
evacuated; evacuating
1
: to make empty
2
: to discharge waste matter from the body
3
: to remove something (as a gas) from especially by pumping
4
a
: to remove troops or people from a place of danger
b
: vacate
evacuate the building
evacuation
-ˌvak-yə-ˈwā-shən
noun

Medical Definition

evacuate

verb
evac·​u·​ate i-ˈvak-yə-ˌwāt How to pronounce evacuate (audio)
evacuated; evacuating

transitive verb

1
: to remove the contents of
evacuate an abscess
2
: to discharge (as urine or feces) from the body as waste : void

intransitive verb

: to pass urine or feces from the body
evacuative adjective

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